The SF Giants have to cross another prominent trade target off their list, according to a report by MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand. Per Feinsand, the Colorado Rockies have “no plans” of trading starting pitcher Jon Gray before the trade deadline. With that said, the Rockies are continuing to listen to offers surrounding shortstop Trevor Story. Still, Gray removes another proven starting pitcher from the market after the Los Angeles Dodgers blew up the deadline.
SF Giants trade rumors: Jon Gray is off the market.
According to multiple reports throughout the past week, the Giants have been very active on the starting pitching market heading into the MLB trade deadline. The Rockies drafted Gray with the third overall pick in the 2013 MLB draft. Unfortunately, he has never found the elite form that many expected when he was a top draft prospect out of the University of Oklahoma.
Gray has been a consistent mid-rotation starter in one of the most hitter-friendly environments since making his MLB debut in 2015. Set for free agency at the end of the season, Gray has a 3.67 ERA in 2021 with 91 strikeouts and 40 walks in 98 innings pitched (18 starts). Gray has a career 4.47 ERA but has consistently been favored by more advanced metrics that consider pitching environment.
The best remaining names on the starting pitching market are probably highlighted by Rangers starter Kyle Gibson, but other more controllable pieces, particularly in Miami, could make for some last-minute blockbusters as well.
The SF Giants were obviously interested in Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Jon Gray, but it seems they’ll have to look elsewhere to add a proven starter. Stay tuned to Around the Foghorn to see who they land in the final hours before the MLB trade deadline.